Research v. MCAT

coolcucumber91

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    Okay I plan to stay at my school to take physics 2 and prep hardcore for the MCAT for the summer. This semester ends at the beginning of May and there is a 2-3 week break before physics starts. I was originally planning to start right away and take advantage of those weeks, and conquer as much bio and gen chem as possible (I took those freshman year and I remember 0). Then, once class started, I will take physics alongside with MCAT prep.

    However, that would mean I wouldn't be able to do research. Assuming I do research steadily like I did the past semester, a pub would be attainable in ~6 months. I plan to apply early though by taking the MCAT early. However, I thought maybe it would be better to do research hardcore for the first 3 weeks (8-10 hours a day) and get as much done as possible, and then do MCAT and physics once it starts up. I did 10-12 hours a week and I got a lot done, I can't imagine how much 8 a day would do... plus I would get paid
     
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      I've seen lots of friends get ravaged by making the wrong choice in a decision such as yours.

      Consider this (although not 100% accurate, it may give you a better picture of what's at stake):

      ~40% of your application is GPA
      ~40% of your application is MCAT
      ~a fraction of the remaining 20% is research


      which do you think is more important?
       

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        Okay I plan to stay at my school to take physics 2 and prep hardcore for the MCAT for the summer. This semester ends at the beginning of May and there is a 2-3 week break before physics starts. I was originally planning to start right away and take advantage of those weeks, and conquer as much bio and gen chem as possible (I took those freshman year and I remember 0). Then, once class started, I will take physics alongside with MCAT prep.

        However, that would mean I wouldn't be able to do research. Assuming I do research steadily like I did the past semester, a pub would be attainable in ~6 months. I plan to apply early though by taking the MCAT early. However, I thought maybe it would be better to do research hardcore for the first 3 weeks (8-10 hours a day) and get as much done as possible, and then do MCAT and physics once it starts up. I did 10-12 hours a week and I got a lot done, I can't imagine how much 8 a day would do... plus I would get paid

        Those research intensive schools you are probably going to apply to won't look at your app if your MCAT is not up to par. Focus on the MCAT.
         
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